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North Korea says don't mess with us as U.S. plans next move

By Ju-min Park




The sun set in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj


SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to pressure North Korea over its nuclear programme as North Korean state media warned the Americans of a "super-mighty preemptive strike", saying don't "mess with us".


U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.


Reclusive North Korea regularly threatens to destroy Japan, South Korea and the United States and has shown no let-up in its belligerence after a failed missile test on Sunday, a day after putting on a huge display of missiles at a parade in Pyongyang.


"We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held," Tillerson told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.


U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, on a tour of Asian allies, has said repeatedly the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over.


U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, on a visit to London, said the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear.


"Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilised nations can allow to happen," he said in reference to Kim.


Ryan said he was encouraged by the results of efforts to work with China to reduce tensions, but that it was unacceptable North Korea might be able to strike allies with nuclear weapons.


North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.


Click http://tmsnrt.rs/2n0gd92 for graphic on Nuclear North Korea 




South Korea's acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, at a meeting with top officials on Thursday, repeatedly called for the military and security ministries to maintain vigilance.


South Korean presidential candidates clashed on Wednesday night in a TV debate over the planned U.S.-supplied Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system which has angered China, with frontrunner Moon Jae-in criticised for leaving his options open.


Hwang and Pence on Monday reaffirmed their plans to go ahead with the THAAD, but the decision will be up to the next Korean president. For its part, China says the system's powerful radar is a threat to its security.


The North has warned of a nuclear strike against the United States if provoked. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.


The United States and Russia clashed on Wednesday at the United Nations over a U.S.-drafted Security Council statement to condemn North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test, to which diplomats said China had agreed. 


Such statements by the 15-member council have to be agreed by consensus. 


Previous statements denouncing earlier missile launches "welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue". The latest draft statement dropped "through dialogue" and Russia requested it be included again.


"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft ... the U.S. delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft," the Russian U.N. mission said in a statement. 


There has been some confusion over the whereabouts of a U.S. aircraft carrier group after Trump said last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea even as the ships were still far from Korean waters.


The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained that the USS Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia. But it was now heading for the Western Pacific as ordered, it said.


North Korea did not refer to the mix-up but said the United States and its allies "should not mess with us".


The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words in a commentary, saying North Korea was fully prepared for any U.S. attack.


"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes."


Click http://tmsnrt.rs/2pqOMWA for graphic on The Carl Vinson strike group


(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton in WASHINGTON, William James in LONDON, Michelle Nichols at the UNITED NATIONS and Idrees Ali in RIYADH; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Michael Perry)

-- © Copyright Reuters 2017-04-20

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

North Korean state media warned the Americans of a "super-mighty preemptive strike",

Assuming of course it doesn't blow up on the launch pad like the last one. Be interesting to see Kim explain to his people why the nuke he sent to America took out half of his own country.

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I don't know why this buffoon isn't assassinated. Surely their is a top North Korean general who is willing to sacrifice his life to save the world from Kim Jong Un . The bloke is totally unhinged.

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This fat kid is in great demand for attention and these lunatics are the one to start a war trump and the fat kid.

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

North Korean state media warned the Americans of a "super-mighty preemptive strike", saying don't "mess with us".

Well it looks like North Korean state media warned the Americans of a "super-mighty preemptive strike", saying don't "mess with us". v.s.  Trump We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you. Shovels and boots at the ready. 

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2 hours ago, SOUTHERNSTAR said:

There are no good military options available. With more than 10 million south Koreans living within 60 km of the border the north Koreans don't need to use missles, their rockets can reach those people. Another fact that MSM is hiding from the people is that North Korea have a massive biological war warfare capability. There are also 86 tunnels identified on the border but only 2 exist have been found and blocked by south Korea. They have an extensive air defence system. Their armed forces have 900 000 permanent members and 8 million trained part time army. But the big problem is that a small attack by the US may trigger a massive response by the north. They could start an land attack which will draw in the US armed forces and when these forces are concentrated enough they can drop an atomic weapon, killing thousands of troops. The reason why China have not done anything is because North Korea is a buffer between them and the west and any US action may trigger a Chinese response. Another war the US can't win. 

Whatever other threats it may pose, North Korea's air force and it's army's ability to invade the south are laughably weak.  Biological warfare and nuclear capability are another matter entirely.

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